A monument to the team’s former principal owner will be dedicated in the park before a home game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 20, according to a statement from the Steinbrenner family. Steinbrenner died on July 13 at age 80.
“We know that we will always share George’s memory with Yankees fans everywhere,” the family said. “A monument in his honor to be located in Monument Park will reflect the special connection, appreciation and responsibility that George felt for New York Yankees’ fans everywhere.”
Steinbrenner, known around Major League Baseball as “the Boss,” purchased the Yankees in 1973. Under his guidance, the team won seven World Series titles and 11 American League pennants.
Monument Park is an open-air shrine beyond the center-field wall in the new Yankee Stadium. Originally built during the late-1970s renovation of the old stadium, the park now has five monuments, for Ruth, Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and manager Miller Huggins, all members of baseball’s Hall of Fame. There also are plaques commemorating players and managers with retired numbers, front-office leaders, team broadcasters and three Popes -- Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI -- who celebrated Mass at the stadium.
The team will host a tribute to Steinbrenner in Tampa before the opening game of spring training in March 2011, according to the statement.